Is Trump Too Impulsive to Be President? 58% of Americans Think
2017-01-11 13:34:52.284 GMT
(The Fiscal Times) — Just ten days before President-elect
Donald Trump is handed the keys to the White House and the
nation’s nuclear weapons code, more than half of voters fret that
he is too impulsive to make level-headed decisions for the
country according to a revealing new survey.
After being treated to the spectacle of a Republican
president in waiting virtually dominating the world stage,
discrediting the U.S. intelligence community’s findings about
Russian interference with the election, intimidating car
manufacturers, filling his new Cabinet with business moguls, and
even bad-mouthing legendary Hollywood star Meryl Streep,
Americans are largely on edge as the Jan. 20 inauguration fast
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Fifty-eight percent of Americans said that when it comes to
making important decisions, Trump will be “too impulsive,” while
34 percent think he will be “about right” and a mere four percent
think he will be “too cautious,” according to a new Pew Research
Center poll released on Tuesday, the day before Trump holds his
first full-blown news conference since late July.
Trump impulsiveness – Pew survey
It’s no surprise that voters continue to be troubled by his
demeanor, in light of his frequent outbursts and petulant
comments. Long after his stunning defeat of Democrat Hillary
Clinton in the Nov. 8 presidential election, Trump continues to
use Twitter to hurl biting, 140-character darts at critics,
opponents and even GOP allies at times.
Throughout the campaign, voters voiced concerns about
Trump’s temperament, even as many were drawn to his policies and
promises. Last October, for example, 69 percent of voters
surveyed characterized Trump as “reckless” while 65 percent said
he had “poor judgment.”
In the latest Pew survey conducted nationally Jan. 4 through
9, Americans as a whole continued to worry about his temperament,
although Republicans are obviously far more trusting of Trump to
behave properly than Democrats.
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Overall, 65 percent of Republicans said they think Trump’s
approach to making important decisions will be about right,
according to Pew, while 28 percent fear he will be too impulsive.
By contrast, an overwhelming 84 percent of Democrats are
convinced Trump will be too impulsive, and just nine percent
think his approach and style will be about right.
Trump is certain to be peppered by reporters today on a
multitude of questions, including how he and family members who
will either be handling his business interests or advising him in
Washington can avoid major conflicts of interest. Just this week,
Trump announced that he is hiring his son-in-law, Jared Kushner,
a real estate businessman in his own right, as a senior adviser
in the West Wing.
CNN reported late Tuesday that classified documents
presented last week to President Obama and Trump included
allegations that “Russian operatives claim to have compromising
personal and financial information about Mr. Trump.” Trump is
certain to be questioned at length about the controversy over
Russia’s hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the
Reporters also are likely to press Trump to explain
precisely what he has in store for the country in terms of new
immigration policy and a crackdown on illegal immigrants, big
changes in the health care system, new trade policies and his
plans for beefing up U.S. defenses and the nuclear arsenal. Many
Americans are keenly interested in what Trump will have to say
about these and other issues, according to the new survey.
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Americans disapprove of the job Trump has done since the
election in explaining his future plans, with 55 percent saying
they disapprove and 39 percent saying they approve, according to
the Pew survey.
There is also widespread concern about Trump’s potential
conflicts of interest in running the country while his
family-owned businesses, hotels, and country clubs could be
helped or by future government tax and regulatory policies.
Fifty-seven percent of those interviewed said they are very or
somewhat worried about conflicts of interest, according to Pew,
while 42 percent indicated they were not particularly concerned.
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